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article imageKatherine Jenkins, Michael Gambon star in Dr. Who Christmas Carol

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 12, 2010 in Entertainment
The BBC have announced that Sir Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins will join Matt Smith for the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas special.
Since its return in 2005, it's become a tradition for the BBC to broadcast special episodes of Doctor Who at Christmas. Indeed, to date, there have been no less than six episodes of the popular science-fiction drama shown over the festive period.
The 2010 Christmas special will be the first to star Matt Smith, who took over the role from David Tennant earlier this year. Smith will also be joined by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, who play his companions, Amy Pond and Rory Williams. Unlike the previous Christmas specials, which were all written by Russell T Davies, this will be the first to be penned by Steven Moffat.
Details were confirmed earlier today by Ben Stephenson, the BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning. He told BBC News:
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan captivated audiences in their debut series and Doctor Who's clever twist on the much loved A Christmas Carol will thrill BBC One viewers this year with special guest stars Sir Michael Gambon and singing sensation Katherine Jenkins joining Amy and the Doctor for an unforgettable present!
In 2005, Dickens appeared in The Unquiet Dead, an episode that was written by Mark Gatiss, and which starred Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and Billy Piper as Rose Tyler. Dickens was played by the well-known Shakespearean actor, Simon Callow.
Meanwhile, Moffat is quoted as being more excited about this episode than anything else he's ever written:
Oh, we're going for broke with this one. It's all your favourite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters. And The Doctor. And a honeymoon. And... oh, you'll see. I've honestly never been so excited about writing anything.
I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April. My neighbours loved it so much they all moved away and set up a website demanding my execution. But I'm fairly sure they did it ironically."
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Sir Michael is one of Britain's most senior actors, who made his professional début in 1962, age 19, in Othello, at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. Over the decades, he has performed in many Shakespearean plays, at the prestigious London National Theatre and for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
It was also in Othello, three years later, that Gambon made his professional film début. Since then, he has appeared in dozens of films and television dramas, including Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective (1986); Stephen Poliakoff's Joe's Palace (2007); Path to War (2001), playing President Lyndon B Johnson; Layer Cake (2004), playing an unsavoury gangster opposite the current James Bond, Daniel Craig; and, with Jude Law, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004).
Although unsuccessful, in 1970, Gambon himself was asked by Cubby Broccoli to audition for the role of Bond, to replace George Lazenby. Today, the actor is possibly most famous to modern cinema audiences for playing Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies, a role he took over from the late Richard Harris.
Jenkins is a Welsh mezzo-soprano, well known for songs that combine popular and classical music. This is her first professional acting role.
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